The Secrets of Managing Your Time

Vessenes, Peter M.
August 2003
Journal of Financial Planning;Aug2003, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p30
Academic Journal
This paper presents the author's observation on methods for effective time management. Too much to do and too little time is not a good combination. The underlying factors that affect how our days are spent are our conative makeup, our physical condition and making use of our cognitive skills. Conative energy is reflected in our drive and instinct. It refers to how we use our mental energy and innate force. A clear, strong mind gets work done quickly, clearly and efficiently. It also meant great time management. We all know we should use our brains for improving time management. We use tools, we make lists, and we even go to seminars to learn how to better manager our time. If a position calls for far more output than one can consistently sustain, either hire someone who has complementary energy or delegate those responsibilities. Habits are formed by repetition and perseverance. This means doing the activity at the same time, for the same length of time, every day. Research has shown that it takes 21 days for repetitive activity to become a habit, and that breaking a habit will force one to discipline himself or herself to repeating the 21 days of repetition. The reality is that we are no longer teenagers, and the disciplines of adult life make it difficult to keep in shape. Food is the first nemesis, especially if one wind up eating our one or more meals each day. The combinations of bad fats, sodium, sugar and too many calories makes the elimination of fast foods an obvious decision. Cognitive solutions seem to be the way most people try to solve their time management problems.


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